I’ve just returned home from a trip to Melbourne (about 900kms to the east of the city I live in). The primary purpose of the trip was to spend time with family I don’t see very often but somehow reading featured heavily in all sorts of ways and I have started to wonder if I need an intervention.
One of the things that made me worry was my visit to Kill City which is a used book shop specialising in crime fiction books. Obviously for someone of my reading preferences it’s a pretty sweet place to visit but it was hardly a necessity. Before the trip I had something like 100 crime fiction books in my dedicated TBR shelves (and another 50 or so non crime related books). So why did I even go to the store? And why on earth did I walk away with all these —>?
What really made me wonder about whether or not I need an intervention was seeing the ‘X days to go’ Dan Brown widget on a website and wondering if I could fix one of those for the 3rd book in the Stieg Larsson millenium trilogy.
My name is Bernadette and I am an addict. Despite a complete absence of need it seems I cannot stop myself from acquiring more reading choices. What about you? Are you more controlled? Do you have any tips on controlling your acquisitive nature? Or should I stop worrying?
I arrived home to discover some delightful blog-related news. Firstly, Danish blogger Dorte from DJ’s Krimiblog awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award. It’s always nice to be recognised by fellow bloggers and I would urge you to visit Dorte’s blog if you haven’t already done so. As well as bilingual reviews the blog features her own short fiction, some author interviews and the fiendish Bait in the Box posts which offer opening lines from a book she is reading and blog readers are urged to leave clues about the book title and author. I am supposed to list 7 of my favourite things as a recipient of the award. So, in no particular order: taking a great photo, walking in the early morning, lying in bed listening to the rain on the roof and knowing I don’t have to get up, scrunching through autumn leaves, sharing a great bottle of wine with friends, singing Billy Bragg songs at the top of my voice and the tingle of anticipation when opening the pages of a book by an author I’ve never read
My second piece of good news was that someone nominated me for the Reviews category in Book Blogger Appreciation Week. When I spent an hour or so going through the BBAW award categories making my own nominations it honestly didn’t occur to me that I might get nominated. So I am very chuffed and very grateful to you. Whoever you are.
And my final piece of blog-y news is that I’ve had a bit of a redesign of the site. You’ll have worked this out if you’re reading this post at the blog but a lot of you read via an RSS reader so you’ll have missed all the excitement. The redesign is partly due to me having some time on my hands today (well technically the time was for things like housework, grocery shopping and other chores but I didn’t fancy any of that) and partly due to my frustrations with some of the limitations of the other wordpress template I was using. This one seems much easier to use and allowed me to use a custom header (which you’ll notice I very creatively added a photo of some books to – you haven’t seen that before on a book blog have you?).